McAfee, Inc. Q2 Threat Report Reveals Malware at All Time High with 6  Million Malicious Files Found This Quarter

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    McAfee Threats Report: Second Quarter 2010, which uncovered that malware has reached its highest levels, making the first six months of 2010 the most active half-year ever for total malware production. At the same time, spam leveled out with only 2.5 percent growth from Q1 2010.

    Malware continued to soar in Q2 2010, as there were 10 million new  pieces cataloged in the first half of this year. Consistent with last quarter, threats on portable storage devices took the lead for the most popular malware, followed by fake anti-virus software and social media specific malware. With approximately 55,000 new pieces of malware that appear everyday, globally AutoRun malware and password-stealing Trojans        round out the Top Two malware threats.

     

    After reaching its highest point in Q3 2009, with nearly 175 billion  messages per day spam rates have hit a plateau. Cybercriminals took        advantage of anticipation on and hype of the FIFA World Cup in South   Africa, and used various methods to promote scams and search-engine "poisoning." Globally, the most popular types of spam varied from  country to country with some interesting findings. For instance,  delivery status notifications, or non-delivery receipt spam, were the  most popular in United States, Italy, Spain, China, Great Britain, Brazil, Germany and Australia. Malware spam, or anything that comes with  a virus or Trojan attachment urging you to visit an infected website, was the most popular in Colombia, India, South Korea, Russia and Vietnam. Argentina had the most variety in spam, with 16 different topic  areas, ranging from drugs to lonely women to diplomas. Italy came in   with the least variety, with just six types of spam.

     

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